Robbie and the Rock from Mars

IMG_4105Robbie Huntington, future space explorer, touching a chunk of a Martian meteorite at a recent visit to the St. Louis Science Center. Robbie has touched two pieces of Apollo Moon rocks at visits to other space and aviation museums, including NASA’s US Space & Rocket Center/Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Photo by Michael Huntington – Winter, 2016.

IMG_4106Robbie operating the controls of a Martian Rover simulator during our Science Center visit. He picked up the controls with no explanation and executed flawless movements of the rover and it’s cameras. Robbie (5), and his brother Sammie (3), are both avid videogamers that learn gameplay quickly. Photo by Michael Huntington – Winter, 2016.

IMG_4117Robbie standing with a NASA Martian Rover at the Science Center. Maybe one day he will stand next to one that has actually roved Mars? On Mars? Photo by Michael Huntington – Winter, 2016.

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2016 Huntington Strange Travels

 

 

2016 Strange Travels

 

Here are some Strange Travel destinations for the Huntingtons for 2016! We may add a few more interesting spots, but here’s what we’ve got so far! Fun and weird travel adventures ahead!
Ozark Mountain UFO Conference – Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Face time with famous UFO illuminaries: Erich Von Daniken, Linda Moulton Howe, Jim Marrs, Nick Pope, Richard Dolan, and others.

 

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The famous haunted Crescent Hotel – Eureka Springs, Arkansas. A tour of the most haunted hotel in America.

 

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Wright-Patterson AFB/Air Force Museum – Dayton, Ohio – home of the Project Bluebook UFO Investigation, the legendary Hangar 18, the Avrocar and numerous X-planes.avroscem
The famous 1976 Stanford Abduction – travel route, abduction site, and hotel investigation location. Stanford, Kentucky and Liberty, Kentucky.

 

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Two trips to Kelly-Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Hopkinsville museum artifacts and famous encounter site. Kelly Little Green Men Days festival in August.

 

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The famous 1973 Enfield Horror creature sightings locations. Enfield, Illinois.

 

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The 15th Mothman Festival and 50th anniversary in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. UFOs and creature sightings locations. Mothman Museum and statue. September, 2016.

 

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The famous haunted Lowe Hotel in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
The Big Muddy Monster Brewfest in Murphysboro, Illinois. Sightings locations and the only Bigfoot-themed Beer Festival in America. October, 2016.
A trip to Cairo, Illinois to investigate the 1950 Cairo Jaycees’ Flying Saucer Stunt.
A follow-up excursion to Grand Tower, Illinois to explore the 1973 UFO sightings, Bigfoot encounters, and haunted locations.
The famous haunted Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri.
The real Exorcist House in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Space Museum in Bonne Terre, Missouri.
The famous white squirrels of Olney, Illinois.
The former Del Taco flying saucer building in St. Louis, Missouri.
Two adjoined Futuro flying saucer homes located in Carlisle, Ohio.
The Futuro home located in Covington, Kentucky.

 

Alternate and possible side-destinations and day-trips may include:

– The haunted McPike Mansion and the Piasa Bird of Alton, Illinois.

– Elsberry, Missouri – 1978 UFO Flap and cattle mutilations locations.

– Louisiana, Missouri – ’71-’72 “Momo” Bigfoot sighting locations.

– A return visit to Millstadt, Illinois area – famous 2000 triangle UFO sightings locations.

– Jackson, Missouri – 1973 Rutledge-investigated UFO burn case and lawsuit.

– Piedmont, Missouri – 1973 UFO flap “jet crash” location.

– “The Space Penguins of Tuscumbia” – 1967 UFO landing location near Tuscumbia, Missouri.

– The secret and infamous “Marley Woods” Missouri UFO hotspot location.

– The famous 1966 Roaring River UFO photos campsite in Missouri.

– Newport, Arkansas – sightings locations of the White River Monster, a legendary “manatee-like” creature.

– Muddy, Illinois – spooky abandoned train tipple.

– The Danville, Illinois Futuro.

 

The St. Louis Toynbee Tile – 8th & Market

The Last Original Toynbee Tile in St. Louis – Corner of 8th and Market Streets, Downtown.  
Photo by Michael Huntington – 2015.

 

TOYNBEE IDEA

by Michael Huntington

 

St. Louis has one true Toynbee Tile left. There used to be three, but one was paved over and the other stolen. The survivor sits on the corner of Eighth and Market Streets, next to the downtown City Art Park – which is appropriate since the Toynbee Tile is a form of urban street art.
Toynbee Tiles began appearing on the asphalts of city streets sometime in the early 1980s. There have been HUNDREDS of these linoleum graffiti pieces discovered in a few dozen US cities and a number of South American urban centers. The creation method is understood, but the artist/artists who made them is a mystery – but theories do abound. Many may be, indeed, the work of copycats – most of the true tiles by the originator(s) are believed to center around the Philadelphia area with sojourns to various cities in the Midwest. Countless tiles have been lost due to development, anti-graffiti measures, or art theft.
The unusual mosaic tiles, generally, bear strange reference to to Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction film masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which was based on the classic work written by Arthur C. Clarke (Arnold Toynbee was a British historian-philosopher who had influence on Clarke and Ray Bradbury, who also employed Toynbee’s ideas). Some tiles are more conspiratorially bent and serve as commentary on Reagan-era Cold War politics with the Soviet Union.
Most relay this cryptic appeal:  

 

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IN KUBRICKS 2001

RESURRECT DEAD

ON PLANET JUPITER

 

St. Louis’ last Toynbee – WHICH SHOULD BE MOVED A FEW FEET INTO THE CITY ART PARK SO THAT IT CAN BE PRESERVED – sits where it has, on the street, awaiting it’s eventual fate…worn away more and more with each tire tread and foot fall. Many recent copycat/influenced tiles do still spot the city – with more being made each year. There are a number of so-called “HOUSE OF HADES” tiles that have shown up around town within the past 5 years – utilizing the Toynbee Tile ideas in message, style, and medium. The Toynbee demonstrating artistic and cultural influence nearly 40 years on.
If you want to find out more about this urban culture jam art mystery, check out the intriguing 2011 documentary “Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles.”

 

 

St. Louis Saucer Building – Grand Ave.

Artistic license with Flying Saucer Building on Grand Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. – Photo and art by Michael Huntington – Winter, 2016

Now known as the “Starbucks Saucer,” most have called it the “Del Taco Saucer” after the taco-joint that resided there. This 60s era – saucer-inspired – architectural wonder began as a gas station. Back in 2012, activists (architecture and saucer enthusiasts alike) saved the structure from demolition.